Djokovic Opens Shanghai Campaign Tuesday
Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a record fourth Rolex Shanghai Masters championship when he meets familiar foe Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday. Djokovic is 11-0 in matches and 26-0 in sets against Chardy, including a 7-6(5), 6-4 win in the London/Queen’s Club semi-finals on 23 June. The World No. 3 would pass Roger Federer for No. 2 in the ATP Rankings by reaching Sunday’s final, among other scenarios. With each victory this week, Djokovic will also gain ground on Rafael Nadal in the ATP Race to London, which ultimately determines who finishes 2018 as the World No. 1.
Joining Djokovic on Center Court is Beijing champion Nikoloz Basilashvili, who for the second time meets #NextGenATP superstar Denis Shapovalov. Basilashvili defeated Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4 in the Budapest second round on 26 April. The Georgian went on to reach the US Open fourth round in between ATP World Tour 500 titles at Hamburg and Beijing. Basilashvili is 15-5 overall and 5-2 against Top 20 opponents since qualifying for Hamburg on 22 July. He is ranked a career-high No. 23 after posting the biggest victory of his career on Sunday over No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro.
Like Basilashvili, Daniil Medvedev is only two days removed from capturing an ATP World Tour 500 title. Medvedev is ranked a career-high No. 22 after defeating two-time champion and local hero Kei Nishikori for the Tokyo title. The 22-year-old Russian is 3-0 in finals this season with all three wins over players competing in their home country. He beat Alex de Minaur for the Sydney title and Steve Johnson for the Winston-Salem title. On Tuesday, Medvedev meets Chinese wild card Ze Zhang, who owns an 0-8 record in main draw matches at the Rolex Shanghai Masters.